Batsmen deliver as Pakistan ends on high note


A strong batting effort led by Tillakaratne Dilshan took Sri Lanka to a formidable total, but Pakistan, buoyed by contributions from Sharjeel Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed and, most significantly, Umar Akmal, went past the target with relative ease to record a win in the last round-robin stage match of the 2016 Asia Cup. Sri Lanka, after being put in, scored 150 for 4, brilliant by the standards of the tournament. But Pakistan knocked off the runs in 19.2 overs for a six-wicket victory. Sharjeel and Sarfraz set things up for Pakistan, and when Akmal and Shoaib Malik got together, the target was still a tricky 57 from 43. But it was one of Akmal’s better days, and with Malik for company,… Read More →

​Imperious Kohli powers India to final


Virat Kohli bossed yet another tricky chase, taking charge after India had lost its openers early, and Yuvraj Singh wound back the clock with some majestic hits to script a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2016 game on Tuesday (March 1) at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. After the bowlers had produced another clinical performance to keep Sri Lanka down to 138 for 9, India raced to 142 for 5 with four deliveries to spare to secure its place in Sunday’s final. There are very few sights in modern-day cricket as appealing as Yuvraj connecting cleanly. He hasn’t managed to do it too often of late, but against Rangana Herath, he did, twice off consecutive balls. The wet outfield and… Read More →

Sabbir Rahman powered Bangladesh to a win against Sri Lanka


Sabbir Rahman, standing head and shoulders above everyone on either side, powered Bangladesh to a famous win against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. Rahman pummelled 80 in 54 balls to take Bangladesh to 147 for 7, and Sri Lanka was kept down to 124 for 8, sealing a 23-run win. For a change, it was a pitch without as much green as in the previous games, and that made the Bangladesh v Sri Lanka contest at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday (February 28) less of a bowling unit v bowling unit affair. The conditions also made fast bowlers, with the exception of Mustafizur Rahman, a lesser threat than they were in the first four matches, and the spinners… Read More →

Malinga to the fore as Sri Lanka defends 129


Lasith Malinga smiled a lot, slung them in fast and slung them in slow, and in just the first over of the United Arab Emirates reply in its Asia Cup 2016 fixture at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday (February 25), the captain had swung the game Sri Lanka’s way. Sri Lanka had put up a below-par 129 for 8. But once Malinga, in his comeback match, had strutted his stuff with an inswinger into the left-handed Rohan Mustafa and a slower yorker that Mohammad Shahzad had no answer to, even that looked like a massive total. Nuwan Kulasekara then struck twice in the fourth over of the innings, and UAE’s hopes of an upset victory started to vanish. However, Swapnil Patil, the wicketkeeper-batsman, and… Read More →

ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 online sale of Tickets


ICC Media Release Phase 1 of the ICC WT20 ticket sale will go live, 24th February 2016. BCCI has appointed BookMyShow as the ticketing agency for the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016. This would encompass all matches being played, including the women’s fixtures. Phase 1 of the ticket sale will see tickets go on sale for the matches (excluding India matches and the Semi Finals & Final of the men’s and women’s events) to be played at the following venues –Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata and Mohali. The online sale of tickets as indicated above will commence at 12:00 noon on 24th February 2016. The sales portal will be accessible via the ICC website The sale of tickets for the matches in Mumbai, Delhi and Nagpur will begin in Phase 2, to be announced shortly. Considering the demand and in… Read More →

CSA announced itinerary for Sri Lanka Tour


CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today expressed its gratitude to Sri Lanka Cricket for accepting the proposed changes to the itinerary for Sri Lanka’s tour to South Africa during the 2016-17 season. The tour will consist of three Sunfoil Test matches, five Momentum ODIs and three KFC T20 International matches. The major change sees the tour starting 10 days later in mid-December with the Test match at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium being moved from December to mid-January. CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, explained the changes: “The changes resulted from market research indicating that a Test match would work a lot better in Johannesburg during January plus our desire to keep the first half of December free for the RAM SLAM T20… Read More →

Prime Minister visits Hambantota International Cricket Stadium


Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Prime Minister Hon. Ranil Wickramasinghe visited the Hambantota Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium today. The Prime Minister was welcomed by President of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipla. Hambantota District MP Hon. Sajith Premadasa together with Hon. Sagala Rathnayake too accompanied the Prime Minister on this tour. After a brief tour of the stadium, the Prime Minister and President of SLC together with officials of SLC had discussions as to how to sustain and maximise the utilisation of the stadium in the future. At this discussion the Prime Minister agreed to assist Sri Lanka Cricket with Hotel facilities in the vicinity of the stadium for the benefit & convenience of the visiting teams.

Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka visits SLC


Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka (Member of Parliament) visited Sri Lanka Cricket on the invitation of SLC president Hon. Thilanga Sumapthipala today.  The purpose of his visit was to have informal discussions with the Sri Lanka National Team and its support staff on overcoming challengers. During the discussion Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka shared his experiences as the former commander of the Sri Lanka Army where his tactics paved the way to outsmart his opponents. At the conclusion of the discussions the players expressed their gratitude to the Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka for the insight that he provided.

Teams for Asia Cup and ICC World T20 announced

India v Sri Lanka - ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 Final

At a Selection Committee meeting held on the 14th of February 2016, the National Selectors named the following players for the above tournaments. 1. Lasith Malinga (Captain) 2. Angelo Mathews (Vice Captain) 3. Dinesh Chandimal 4. T M Dilshan 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Shehan Jayasuriya 7. Milinda Siriwardena 8. Dasun Shanaka 9. Chamara Kapugedara 10. Nuwan Kulasekera 11. Dushmantha Chameera 12. Thisara Perera 13. Sachithra Senanayake 14. Rangana Herath 15. Jeffrey Vandersay

Dialog Powers Sri Lanka’s Asia Cup Bid


Sri Lanka’s premier telecommunications service provider, Dialog Axiata PLC, will sponsor the Sri Lankan cricket team at the Asia Cup 2016, commencing in Dhaka, Bangladesh next week. Defending Champions, Sri Lanka, will take on the winner of the tournament qualifying rounds in the opening game on 25th February, before they meet hosts Bangladesh on Sunday 28th, and India and Pakistan on 1st and 4th March respectively before the knockout stage. Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala (MP), President of Sri Lanka Cricket said: “’In Sri Lanka, cricket has always been more than just simply a sport – it unites this island, and it embodies the spirit of sportsmanship. Our team, with its fans around the world has never failed to give everything they’ve… Read More →

India Women seal ODI series 2-0

India Women took an unassailable 2-0 lead after their comprehensive six wickets win over Sri Lanka Women in the second ODI at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi. India had won the first ODI by 89 runs, and like in the first game, they dominated in all departments of the game. Needing a moderate 189, the home team got to the mark with 42 balls to spare. Opener Smriti Mandhana missed out on her fourth consecutive half-century by just four runs. She struck four boundaries and one six before getting out on 46 off as many balls. Captain Mithali Raj remained unbeaten on 53 and stitched a 64-run stand for the third wicket with Harmanpreet Kaur (41). India lost four… Read More →

Match timings and warm-up schedule of ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 announced


The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the match timings and warm-up schedule of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, which be staged at eight venues in India from 8 March to 3 April. The men’s afternoon matches will take place from 15h00-18h10, while the evening matches will be played from 19h30-22h40. The semi-finals and the final will be held from 19h00-22h10. The women’s afternoon matches will be played from 15h30-18h15, while the evening matches will take place from 19h30-22h15. The semi-finals and the finals, which will be played before the men’s matches, will be played between 14h30-17h15. Meanwhile, the ICC has also announced the schedule of the warm-up matches. Teams taking part in the first round will play their warm-up matches in… Read More →